Do you want to grow in your spiritual life but continue to hit barriers that seem to keep it from happening? As you immerse yourself in doing these four things on a regular, consistent basis, God will begin to open the eyes of your heart to see things that you’ve never seen before that will lead to the life Jesus came to give us.
God time is paramount to spiritual growth. If we are not spending daily time in His Word, we will never really know what He wants to say to us. We are challenging you to take time everyday to read God’s Word and ask Him (in prayer) to show you what He wants you to do. If you’re not accustomed to doing this, begin with 15 minutes a day. Begin reading the Gospel of John. Before you begin reading ask God to show you something in His Word that gives you direction for the day. After you are done reading, make it your goal to honor Him with your life.
Relational Connections are important because God never intended for us to try and do life alone. We need other people who are also committed to spiritual growth in our life so that we can talk together and challenge each other in our journey with God. We are challenging you to have 3 significant relational connections every week. These happen as you engage with your small group (If you are not in a small group, either join one or talk to Janelle Sheldon about starting one), by meeting someone for breakfast or lunch, or by simply making time in your schedule to connect with someone who you believe can help you grow in your relationship with God.
Outside Service reminds us that life is not all about you. Jesus Christ demonstrated this in a very simple object lesson when, after they had eaten together the night before he would be crucified, he got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and one by one washed His disciples feet. He then told them, “Since I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet” (John 13:14). We are challenging you to spend at least 1 hour per week serving one another (washing feet) outside the walls of the church. This simple exercise of serving is a profound way to not only elevate your relationships with one another, but to elevate the influence of Christ in your every day life.
Worship weekly. It is so easy to find reasons why we shouldn’t meet together on Sundays for corporate worship. And yet we have great reason to celebrate together, fellowship together, sing together, laugh together, cry together, and grow together. WE ARE A FAMILY – THE FAMILY OF GOD! Hebrews 10:25 encourages us to “not neglect meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
We all want to grow in our faith, but growth only happens when we have healthy habits that promote growth. So, how’s your spiritual growth coming? Do these four things consistently and you will get your GROW on!